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October 2009 Blog Posts (56)

Oyster reef project planned for next month

By Margie Plunkett



Volunteers will gather along the Lantana Nature Preserve shore on Hypoluxo Island in December with nets in hand not to fish, but to build an oyster reef.

Intended to attract juvenile fish and to provide other environmental benefits, it will be the first restoration project of its kind for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resource Management.

Lantana, ERM and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club will build the oyster reef on a tentatively… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Personnel changes afoot at Police Department

By Margie Plunkett



The Ocean Ridge Police Department is two officers stronger, and back to full staff, but more changes are in store come spring with the planned retirement of Chief Edward Hillery.

Hillery is expected to retire as of April 1, Town Manager Ken Schenck said, adding that the chief hasn’t yet officially submitted his intent. Schenck plans to recommend Lt. Chris Yannuzzi as Hillery’s successor, whose appointment is subject to approval by town… Continue

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Library stays, but so does county tax

By Margie Plunkett



The Palm Beach County Library System closed the book on Ocean Ridge’s request to opt out of the library taxing district because it has its own community library.

Ocean Ridge’s pitch was the first of its kind, according to Library Director John J. Callahan III, who turned the town down in a July letter that said the volunteer library with donated books doesn’t have a separate town allocation and its services don’t meet Florida Public Library Standards. “It came… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Stacey Dowdle

10 Questions

Meet Your Neighbor: Stacey Dowdle



Stacey A. Dowdle is all heart. She is, after all, vice president of the Palm Beach chapter of the American Heart Association.

But the Delray Beach woman is so much more than that. She’s a wife, a mother, an avid runner and a young professional who was honored this year as an Athena Award finalist for actively engaging in the promotion of women in leadership roles.

She serves on a… Continue

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Perpetual motion keeps children’s museum going

By Linda Haase



The cry went out, “Save the school.”

Boynton Beach city officials got the message loud and clear, and today the two-story 1913 elementary school building is the thriving, award-winning Schoolhouse Children’s Museum. As the museum enters its ninth year, the staff, like the children who visit, is in perpetual motion looking for new ways to educate and enthrall visitors.

The museum, recently chosen the best museum in South Florida in Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks… Continue

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Obituary - Lucy Linn Stewart: Delray Beach

Obituary

Lucy Linn Stewart



By Mary Katherine Stump



Delray Beach — Lucy Stewart, a 37-year resident of Delray Beach and an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the community died peacefully at her home on Oct. 14. She was 96.

“Everyone knew Lucy,” said Patsy Westall, the daughter of Helen Toal, one of Ms. Stewart’s longtime friends. “If there was a need, there was Lucy. I believe that one of the… Continue

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InterFaith21: First year of helping families is cause for celebration

InterFaith21



First year of helping families is cause for celebration




By C.B. Hanif

Unite 21 interfaith congregations in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach to address homelessness among children and families, and you have Family Promise of South Palm Beach County.

Coming soon is a celebration of the nonprofit organization’s first year of advancing faith-based social service beyond proselytizing to the service that is the true hallmark of… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets!: In life and death, feline friend teaches lessons

CAPTION: Callie pokes her head out the carrier after receiving a senior wellness exam at the vet clinic in 2007.



In life and death, feline friend teaches lessons



By Arden Moore



Fifteen years ago, my co-worker Diego brought an itty-bitty calico kitten into the newsroom at the Sun-Sentinel’s office in Delray Beach. Diego knew I was looking to adopt a kitten and he found this one dodging cars on Biscayne… Continue

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Private schools are a mainstay in the education of coastal kids

Although all our local elementary private schools are committed to offering quality education, they come from diverse backgrounds and histories.

The oldest of these schools, Gulf Stream School, was started in 1938 by Ada Belle and William Johnson, and originally served seasonal students who came with their families for the winter. It has 250 children enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade, with 130 of them being from the barrier islands.

Trinity Lutheran School is the next… Continue

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With a little help from our friends

It takes a village to raise a newspaper — or at least to open a newspaper office! We couldn’t have done it without all of our friends who contributed their time and effort toward making this move a reality. As of this edition, we are publishing from 5011 N. Ocean Ave. in Ocean Ridge.

Thank you!

And it takes a whole bunch of talented journalists to put out an award-winning publication. Our latest accolades are from the Florida Press Club and… Continue

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The grateful women behind the Women of Grace

By Mary Thurwachter



Deborah Sargeant’s mind races at 2 a.m. That’s when she does her best thinking, she says, and lately her nocturnal thoughts have to do with plans for the Women of Grace Luncheon.

She may have an idea about an ad, or a sponsor, or an item for the silent auction. Sometimes, she’ll reach for her Blackberry and text Megan Huisinga, her co-chair for the Oct. 29 event to benefit Bethesda Hospital’s Women and Children… Continue

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Witness a mid-century style makeover!



To everything there is a season, and this fall seems the perfect time to embrace the burgeoning popularity of AMC’s Emmy award-winning Mad Men, now in its third season.

The show chronicles the mid-century rise of the modern advertising industry in New York City with scenes of incessant workplace… Continue

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Yoga positions itself as new Colony tradition

See slide show from Sunday morning yoga



By Ron Hayes



When the Colony Hotel opened on Atlantic Avenue in 1926, the dining room glittered with smartly dressed ladies and gents, come to winter in sunshine and style. They dined, they danced, and they smiled for the cameras.

You can still see black-and-white memories of those colorful decades, captured in fading… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Maury Jacobson

10 Questions — Meet Your Neighbor: Maury Jacobson

Maury Jacobson was born Aug. 18, 1920, the youngest of five siblings. Their father died in an explosion when Maury was 9. Growing up during the Depression, he learned important life lessons from his mother. “We shared meals with strangers who’d knock on our door,” he said. “We didn’t have any money, but she’d invite them in, split our dinner with them, and treat them like old friends.”

His… Continue

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Few beach goers see public/private line in the sand

By Kelly Wolfe



It’s a typical summer afternoon in paradise.

A large, black cloud hangs low over the Ocean Ridge beach and the air is so muggy, a short walk results in impressive sweat stains.

No wonder the only figure on the sand is Jim McCracken, 61, of Michigan, who’s “just passing through.” “Nope,” he answers, when asked if he knew there was a line on Florida’s beaches delineating the public from the private.

Did he know he might be standing on private… Continue

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Regional board advises against 10-story hotel

By Tim O’Meilia

A controversial proposal that would allow a 99-unit, 10-story hotel will go to the South Palm Beach Town Council without the endorsement of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

The planning council labeled the change to the town’s comprehensive plan inconsistent with regional planning policy after hearing the objections of three town residents at the Sept. 18 meeting in Stuart. The members of non-profit South Palm Beach Preservation Inc. complained that the… Continue

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Mayor Millar comes in for another round of criticism

In other business, Mayor Martin Millar’s well-publicized trip to Rachel’s, his request for a police ride home and his conduct during a rowdy budget hearing last month have galvanized the opinions of townspeople, based on comments at the Sept. 22 meeting.

“Your leadership is causing irreparable harm to the town,” said resident Stella Jordan. “We are now the laughingstock of our entire Treasure Coast area. Make your last official act one you can be proud of. Resign. Here. Now.… Continue

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Direct fire-service billing will save town money, not taxpayers

By Tim O’Meilia

Even though the 2010 budget year is just beginning (Oct. 1), town councilmen agreed to chop more than $1 million out of the 2011 budget. Yet it won’t save South Palm Beach residents any money. The council agreed unanimously Sept. 22 to revise its 10-year agreement with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue to allow property owners to be billed directly for fire service as part of their annual property tax bill. Currently, the town pays the annual cost from its operating budget.… Continue

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Teacher has a song in her heart

A Coastal Star



Brinyite Terry Kline fondly recalls the “summer of giving,” with her neighbor, Celene “Candy” Alexandra. “I gave her some tomatoes one day, and the next day she shows up at my door with peaches and pears. As soon as you give her one thing, you get back 900 things. We spent the summer trying to one-up each other with giving.”

Giving is something that Alexandra has done for many years with many, many children. Nearly three… Continue

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Past resident facing federal Ponzi-scheme prosecution

By Thomas R. Collins



Mayor Tom Gerrard lives just seven houses down from where Tom Petters used to live. And as mayor, he probably comes into contact with more people than just about anyone else in town.

But Gerrard said he never heard of, let alone met, the former Minneapolis businessman and part-time Manalapaner. It’s probably just as well.

Petters, in a federal prosecution with echoes of the Bernie Madoff scandal, is accused of masterminding a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme.… Continue

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